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Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Advocating and Agitating, Connecting and Inventing by Michael Paulson, Jesse Green, Scott Heller, Laura Collins-Hughes and Elisabeth Vincentelli

With their field rocked by unprecedented challenges in 2020, these people and groups — some notable, some new — stepped into the breach.

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Actors and Writers and Now, Congressional Lobbyists by Elisabeth Vincentelli

Be an #ArtsHero started with a failed effort to extend unemployment benefits. It’s gone on to be a prime proponent of the message: Cultural work is labor.

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Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Theater to Stream: ‘Spring Awakening’ and Audra McDonald by Elisabeth Vincentelli

Plays by Mike Bartlett, Christina Anderson and Halley Feiffer are watchable at home, too. And for an alternative holiday hit, “Burning Bluebeard.”

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Wednesday, December 2, 2020

What’s Playing in Dallas? With Streaming, I Could Find Out. by Elisabeth Vincentelli

Open-air shows. Joint productions. Filmed dress rehearsals. Here’s a faraway close-up on how one theater community has stayed reasonably robust in adversity.

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Theater to Stream: Holiday Specials Edition by Elisabeth Vincentelli

Alan Cumming and Patti LuPone add their voices to this season’s tidings, plus a gender-bending Scrooge and a live broadcast of “The Grinch Musical!”

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Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Best Theater of 2020 by Jesse Green, Laura Collins-Hughes, Scott Heller, Maya Phillips, Alexis Soloski and Elisabeth Vincentelli

It wasn’t the year for celebration. But watching innovation flourish inspired our chief critic, while other writers found the joys of the stage in other media.

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Sunday, November 29, 2020

A Theater’s ‘Last Gasp’ Doesn’t Look Like the End by Elisabeth Vincentelli

As Split Britches, Peggy Shaw and Lois Weaver have made off-kilter theater for 40 years. Memory loss, and a pandemic, haven’t stopped their creating.

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Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Theater to Stream: ‘Uncle Vanya’ and an Ayad Akhtar Revival by Elisabeth Vincentelli

Constance Wu and Samira Wiley star in a Zoom-ified Chekhov play, and Ars Nova punches above its weight with a 24-hour telethon.

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Monday, November 9, 2020

Review: ‘Readymade Cabaret 2.0’ Brings Randomness to Virtual Theater by Elisabeth Vincentelli

With nods to Duchamp and Dada, this interactive production raises questions about fate, narrative convention and the process of making art.

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Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Theater to Stream: Kristina Wong Runs for Office and ‘Oedipus El Rey’ by Elisabeth Vincentelli

Watch a theater maker’s story of becoming an elected official, Greek tragedies transposed to Chicano America and Daniel Kitson’s tour of the ghostly empty theaters of Britain.

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From Stage to Screen: 5 Shows That Got It Right (And 5 That Didn’t) by Jesse Green, Elisabeth Vincentelli, Laura Collins-Hughes and Scott Heller

Our theater experts provide a guide to some of the successful (and failed) cinematic adaptations of plays and musicals — all for your streaming pleasure.

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Sunday, October 25, 2020

‘JQA’ Review: Fictional History That Resonates Today by Elisabeth Vincentelli

In Aaron Posner’s play, there is more than one John Quincy Adams, but only one way to ensure that American democracy endures.

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Thursday, October 22, 2020

‘What the Constitution Means to Me’ Review: Pursuits of Happiness by Elisabeth Vincentelli

The timing could not be better for Heidi Schreck’s affecting play about the Constitution’s impact on our daily lives, now streaming on Amazon.

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Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Theater to Stream: Cabaret Lives Online and Zombies Walk the Stage by Elisabeth Vincentelli

New York cabaret houses beef up there digital offerings, and two theater adaptations of “Night of the Living Dead” arrive in time for Halloween.

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Tuesday, October 20, 2020

'Circle Jerk' Review: A Satire That Aims at Too Many Targets by Elisabeth Vincentelli

Michael Breslin and Patrick Foley’s virtual play includes a YouTuber, an influencer and a meme machine. Sometimes total chaos ensues.

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Friday, October 16, 2020

‘That Kindness’ Review: Nurses Didn’t Sign Up for This by Elisabeth Vincentelli

Stars including Marisa Tomei, Billy Porter and Rosie O’Donnell dramatize the words of real-life nurses pushed to the brink by the pandemic.

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Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Theater to Stream: Scotland Speaks and Nurses Get Their Say by Elisabeth Vincentelli

Plus: A marquee cast tackles a Kenneth Lonergan play, and Glenn Close, Beanie Feldstein, Audra McDonald and Melissa Errico go digital.

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Tuesday, October 6, 2020

‘American Dreams’ Review: In this Game, Citizenship is the Prize by Elisabeth Vincentelli

Who gets to stay? The digital adaptation of a 2018 satire asks the playgoing audience to weigh in from home.

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Thursday, September 24, 2020

Review: This ‘Elephant Room’ Sequel Is a Goofball Epic by Elisabeth Vincentelli

The interstellar adventure deftly mixes the lo-fi aesthetics of budget science fiction with dopey humor and experimental theater’s sensibility.

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Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Theater to Stream: Catty Birthdays and ‘Lessons in Survival’ by Elisabeth Vincentelli

In a fall season without many live shows, everything is up for grabs. That includes the canon of classics — and where Bill Irwin might be performing.

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Wednesday, September 16, 2020

For Kara Young, a Zooming Career is Followed by a Zoom Role by Elisabeth Vincentelli

Before lockdown, she won praise for three fierce Off Broadway performances. Next: starring in an online reading of a rarely seen Pulitzer Prize finalist.

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Friday, September 11, 2020

How to Birth a New American Theater by Jesse Green, Maya Phillips, Laura Collins-Hughes, Elisabeth Vincentelli and Alexis Soloski

Six months dark. Thousands of artists out of work. Could this disaster have a surprise ending? Five critics on what must change, onstage and off.

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Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Theater to Stream: More Fringe and a Noël Coward ‘Party’ by Elisabeth Vincentelli

The Billie Holiday Theater offers a live performance of “12 Angry Men…and Women: The Weight of the Wait” in front of a Black Lives Matter mural.

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Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Theater to Stream: A World of Fringe and More Apples by Elisabeth Vincentelli

Festivals from Sydney and Edinburgh move online, and Richard Nelson mixes in another of his theatrical franchises to conclude a Zoom trilogy.

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Friday, August 21, 2020

Direct from Edinburgh: Theaters Are Closed, but a ‘Zoo’ Is Open by Jesse Green, Alexis Soloski and Elisabeth Vincentelli

Among the performances you can catch online are a one-woman show about sexual assault and riffs on “Heart of Darkness” and “Rocky.”

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Monday, August 17, 2020

From a Wrestling Ring to Tiny Boxes: How ‘Chad Deity’ Went Zoom by Maya Phillips and Elisabeth Vincentelli

Two critics square off to determine how well this body slam of a comedy, about stereotypes and storytelling, made it to the very small screen.

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Thursday, August 13, 2020

Theater to Stream: ‘Finish the Fight’ and a Starry ‘Jacksonian’ by Elisabeth Vincentelli

This month, watch Ming Peiffer’s play about the women’s suffrage movement and a virtual reading that reunites Ed Harris and Bill Pullman.

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Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Where Are We? Theatrical Adventures in Digital Dislocation by Elisabeth Vincentelli

What happens when the edgy Ice Factory festival goes online? A sense of discovery tempered by frustrating technological glitches.

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Thursday, July 30, 2020

Appointment Theater, Coming to a Screen Near You by Elisabeth Vincentelli

A roundup of streaming theater: almost naked, kind of sacred, sort of mysterious and more.

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Sunday, July 26, 2020

‘The Persians’ Review: Aeschylus’s Ancient Portrait of Defeat by Elisabeth Vincentelli

This staging by the National Theater of Greece was broadcast live on Saturday from the amphitheater of Epidaurus.

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Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Theater Streams See Stars Pop Up in Unexpected Places by Elisabeth Vincentelli

Most of them are available on short notice, after all. Live readings with some of the New Group’s original casts and an Ian Dury jukebox musical are among this week’s highlights.

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